Tohono O’odham: Ducey, Brnovich need to butt out of casino plan — Arizona Daily Star
PHOENIX — Gov. Doug Ducey and Attorney General Mark Brnovich are active participants in trying to block a West Valley casino and should be held accountable in court, an attorney for the Tohono O’odham Nation is charging.
In new filings in federal court, Danielle Spinelli told Judge David Campbell to reject arguments by Ducey and Brnovich that they were merely offering advice to state Gaming Director Daniel Bergin about how he should deal with the tribe’s pending application for licensing. She said the evidence shows that Bergin and his agency were ready to allow the casino to operate until the two top state officials interceded.
Spinelli said it’s legally irrelevant that the tribe’s lawsuit seeks a court order allowing the casino to open on schedule later this year and that neither Ducey nor Brnovich have the power to make that happen. She said the pair need to be told to butt out.
“The nation seeks to prevent these officials from interfering (as they already have done) with Arizona Department of Gaming’s issuance of those approvals,” she wrote.